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OR 62: I-5 to Dutton Road (also known as "Oregon 62 Corridor Project")

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Knife River Materials and is subcontractors work near the Coker Butte Road overcrossing before the fall rains. Upton Creek flows through a new culvert (lower left) while the new retaining wall is under construction adjacent to the new International Way connector to businesses east of the Medford airport.

Nov. 1, 2016
OREGON 62 (Crater Lake Highway) Expressway Project- Unit 2 Phase 1 ($120 million) MP .7-1.73
Weather permitting, watch for single lane, night time traffic between Poplar Drive and Delta Waters Road as the contractor breaks out the curb, gutter and sidewalk in preparation for the roadway widening.
The Delta Center entrance west of Starbucks will remain open to traffic during construction. Its exit will not open while the new westbound lanes can be constructed over the directional interchange.
U-turn is installed for westbound Oregon 62 traffic at Poplar and Bullock intersection. This will allow westbound traffic back to south side businesses.  ‘No U turn’ sign is placed at Oregon 62 at Delta Waters Road for eastbound traffic.
All lanes Oregon 62 lanes will be open between 6 a.m. – 7 p.m., Mon.-Thurs, and 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

Video of the May 12 Groundbreaking

Oregon 62 Expressway Drivers, businesses endure construction on busy highway

With the first summer of construction on the Oregon 62 Expressway project in the rear view mirror, ODOT Project Manager Tim Fletcher wants the smooth start to continue as construction progresses along Crater Lake Highway from Interstate 5 to Delta Waters Road.
“Drivers have done well so far negotiating our traffic switches during the Lone Pine Creek box culvert replacement,” said Fletcher. “Traffic switches will continue to a lesser degree this fall and winter as construction continues on the directional interchange.”
After prime contractor Knife River Materials of Central Point replaces the Lone Pine Creek box culvert located in front of Lava Lanes, the project focus will ramp up on the directional interchange and widening the south side of Crater Lake Highway.
Construction of a new multi-use path, located on ODOT-owned property south of the existing sidewalk, allows the contractor to tear out the old south side curb line so construction can begin on a third travel lane with new curbs, gutters and sidewalk.
Left Turns Eliminated
According to Fletcher, left turns from Crater Lake Highway and from the Skypark Drive intersection west to Poplar and Bullock Roads will be removed by the end of fall.
“We’ve eliminated several left turns to improve safety on Crater Lake Highway,” said Fletcher. “That work will continue west toward Poplar Drive and Bullock Road this fall. Removing these left turns will help reduce the crash rate.”
Oregon 62 exceeds its capacity standards. Future growth is expected to significantly increase traffic.
The $120 million multimodal solution, which underwent more than a decade of planning, will increase capacity and improve safety along the Crater Lake Highway corridor, a critical business connection for freight, tourism and commuters.
“The safety concern is higher crash rates at corridor intersections, especially from I-5 to Delta Waters Road,” said ODOT Project Information Specialist Gary Leaming. “The busiest intersection in the Rogue Valley is Oregon 62 and Delta Waters Road. It has traffic numbers higher than those along I-5 north of Medford.”
Businesses located along Crater Lake Highway continue to weather the construction, which led to several access changes.
“We know the highway needs to be upgraded for safety, but we’re obviously concerned that customers will continue to find us and shop with us,” said Bob Seus, owner of Hubbard’s Hardware.
Reducing Traffic Impacts

 Project plans require Knife River and its subcontractors to keep two lanes of Oregon 62 open in each direction from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
“Our construction schedule is designed to reduce traffic impacts because the daily volumes on Oregon 62 are so high,” said Fletcher.
During later construction phases, the Oregon 62 access near Starbucks will close for several months so roadwork can begin on the new westbound travel lanes, which will be incorporated into a new directional interchange.
“The closure of the access near Starbucks is integral to hauling material into the work site,” said Fletcher. “When this construction phase is complete, westbound traffic will travel up and over the directional interchange and the original access will reopen.”
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 The project’s second phase, scheduled to bid later this year, will continue the new roadway north. The road will span Vilas Road with an overpass as it follows the Old Medco Haul Road before connecting with the existing Oregon 62 corridor near Corey Road.
Once the project is completed, through traffic will travel along a 4.5-mile, four-lane expressway on the east side of the Medford Airport. The expressway will cross over Vilas Road via an overpass, and connect to the existing Crater Lake Highway near Corey Road.
The multimodal project also constructs sidewalks and transit-related enhancements on the existing Oregon 62 corridor.

Latest Project Video - Keeping traffic moving during Lone Pine Creek culvert replacement

To read more go to:

 Executive Summary of the Environmental Impact Statement


Project Graphics

 Latest Project Paper- May 2016

From the Final Environmental Impact Statement





For more information:


Gary Leaming

Public Information Specialist

Voice: (541) 774-6388